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Publication numberUS1409606 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMar 14, 1922
Filing dateMay 25, 1921
Priority dateMay 25, 1921
Publication numberUS 1409606 A, US 1409606A, US-A-1409606, US1409606 A, US1409606A
InventorsLudwig K Stendahl
Original AssigneeBryant Electric Co
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Screw retainer
US 1409606 A
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1,409,606, Patented Mar. 14,1922.




Specification of Letters Patent. Patented DIar. 14, 1922.

Application filed May 25, 1921. Serial No. 472,425.

T 0 all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, LUDwIC K. STENDAHL, a subject of the King of Sweden, residing at Fairfield, in the county of Fairfield and .State of Connecticut, United States of America, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Screw Retainers, of which the following is a specification.

My invention relates, to screw retaining devices, and particularly to a device adapted to abut the thread of a screw to hold the latter against escape from a member through which it freely passes. The device is particularly designed for use in connection with two-part separable bodies adapted to be united by a screw or screws.

In the accompanying drawings- Fig. l is a broken side elevation of the two-piece body of anelectricalflush receptacle to which my invention is applied in one form;

Fig. 2 is an enlarged section of portion of the receptacle having the screw-retaining device;

Fig. 3 shows the screw-retaining member alone in plan and side elevation; and

Fig. 4 is a side elevation of the screw and retaining member detached.

Among the various uses to which the present invention may be put, one of the most extensive is that for retaining the screws which are employed to unite separable portions of an electric fitting. This numerous class of various types of fittings may be illustrated by the flush receptacle shown in Fig. 1, which comprises base 5 and cap 6 of insulating material between the juxtaposed faces of which the line wires are accommodated in channels 7 In order to conveniently introduce the wires into these channels and to secure them to the usual wire terminals (not shown), housed between the cap and base, it is necessary to remove the cap 6. The latter is customarily secured to the base by means of screws 8, one of which is shown, passing through the flange 9 of the cap and taking into a tapped ferrule 10, or other suitable device, associated with the base 5. When the cap and base are separated for the insertion and attachment of the wires, the loosened screws 8 are apt to fall out of the holes in the cap flange 9 through which they pass, and become lost, with resulting inconvenience or actual danger to the installation by reason of the omission of one or more of the securing screws.

The present invention provides an inexpensive, readily applied, device for securing the screw in the hole in the cap through tern aldiameter that it may be passed over the threadll of the. screw to the plain shank '12. The over-all diameter of the collar,'however, is slightly greater than the diameter of the hole 13 through which the screw passes. Upon being forced into the hole therefor, its internal diameter is so reduced that while the shank 12 of the screw plays with relative freedom in the collar, the inner end of the latter engages the thread 11 of the screw, and thus prevents the escape of the screw from the hole 13. The collar 15 is preferably of spring metal, so that it frictionally grips the wall of the hole 13 with sufficient pressure to maintain itself and the screw in position as illustrated in Fig. 2. To facilitate its insertion, one or both ends of the ring may be beveled as at 16.

The method of installation is readily understood. The collar 15 is slipped over the thread 11 of the screw onto the shank 12 and bears against the head of the screw when the latter is inserted in the hole 13. As the head of the screw is pressed down into the well 14, the collar 15 is forced into the hole 13 and contracts around the shank 12, as above described. The width of the collar is of course such that the screw has sufficient play therein to permit it to be unscrewed from the tapped ferrule 10 without displacing the collar in the hole 13.

As above stated, this screw-retain ng device may be used not only in electrical fitscrew n any structure where such a retainvholeto accommodate a screw, with a screw having a thread spaced by a plain shank of less diameter from the head of the screw, said thread and plain shank of the .screw passes freelythroughsaid hole in said member, and a retaining member arranged on said plain shank and engaging the wall of said. hole in said member, said retaining member abutting the threadiof the screw to {prevent the escape of the screw from the hole. 1

2. A screw having a thread spaced by a plainshank of less diameter .fromthe head ofthe screw, in-combination with a contractile retaining member surrounding said plain shank, and adapted to be reduced to a less diameter than that of said threadto abut the latter, for .the purpose described.

3. A screwhaving thread spaced by a shank of less diameter from the head of the screw, in combination witha retaining member having, n'the inserted .position of .the & S CIBW, LleSS, diameter thanthat ofthe thread ofthe; screw, and forming a retainingabutscrewby a plain shank of: less diameter, to-

gether with .a contractile member on said )lain shank of the screw frictionall en a' ing the wall of the hole .in which the screw is accommodated, and forming anabutment for the thread of the screw on the outward movement of'the latter.

6. A rolled thread screw having plain shank spacing thehead of the screw from the threaded areaof the shank, in. combination with a contractile collar on the plain shank of the screw, adapted upon, theinsertion of the screw in a suitably pierced body, to be compressed around said shank to form a stop preventing the, escape of the screw from said body. 1 V Y 1 t mqny whe eo here s gn .my

,nameto this specification.


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U.S. Classification411/353, 411/999
International ClassificationF16B41/00
Cooperative ClassificationY10S411/999, F16B41/002
European ClassificationF16B41/00B